Viewing windows to the Ballard Locks salmon ladder (pre-pandemic). Credit: pixelgerm/Flickr CC
1. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle
Editor's note: The Ballard Locks grounds, gardens and fish ladder are currently closed to visitors, though the actual locks remain open to boat traffic. We're hoping they open soon and can unveil the remodeled fish ladder viewing room. Check the Facebook page for updates and check out this video about salmon migrating through the locks.
At the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, commonly known as the Ballard Locks, boats of all sizes ease in and out of Seattle’s ship canal. A few yards away, spawning salmon thrash their way up a 21-step fish ladder, which is actually more like a staircase of water. You can watch the salmon on the 18th step through underwater windows.
When: Peak viewing times are in September, and some stragglers continue through October. In normal seasons, there are regular free tours, but they're suspended right now.
Location: 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle
When: September and October
More info: Salmon SEEson Ballard or call 206-783-7059